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Bible or Constitution?

North Carolina is home to more than its fair share of people who want to see their Christian god running our government -- people like Chuck Taylor, who's happy to thump a Bible if it'll cover his sorry tracks of graft and greed. So I especially enjoyed this exchange reported on DailyKos, between a law professor and a Maryland state senator.

Guess who hates Wighead Dole?

Why none other than Jean Schmidt, the loose wingnut from Ohio who said John Murtha was a coward. Never thought I'd live to see the day that I agree with a lunatic like Schmidt. But yet, I must say, I do hate Elizabeth Dole. She is the worst kind of Senator . . . one who is apparently incapable of thinking for herself.

From The Hill.

As a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1984, Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) expressed her contempt for a future colleague and allegedly likened young Republican activists to Hitler, according to an interview published by the local paper at the time. While shadowing Schmidt at the convention, The Cincinnati Enquirer reporter initially described Schmidt as a “woman who will speak her mind whenever she pleases.”

WS Journal on Mental Health

The Winston-Salem Journal has a hard-hitting editorial today on North Carolina's miserable support in mental health care.

The D+ rating that North Carolina's mental health-care system got on an evaluation by the National Alliance on Mental Illness should give state officials all the more reason for rapid reform. As the alliance said, the state has a long way to go to provide quality services for its neediest residents.

Bad news

Read it and weep. One of the great newspaper organizations in the world, Knight-Ridder, announced today it will become irrelevant. Goodbye Charlotte Observer. Welcome more corporate media.

'Wait Wait' Laughs at Disorganized Dems

It's pretty sad when an NPR talk show gets a chuckle from the audience by joking about the lack of any organized framework for the Democratic Party platform. Which is a great opportunity for me to push a framework I've been able to use with great success. For those of you who read my diaries and have jumped on board, I know you're sick of hearing this. For those who haven't, feel free to join the movement for integrity, competence and the common good.

Saturday silliness

Edge Designs is an all women run company that designs interior office space. They had a recent opportunity to do an office project in NYC. The client allowed the women of this company a free hand in all design aspects . . . including the men's room.


Abortion in North Carolina

With the love fest going on between our newest Supreme Court Justice and the right wing kingmaker, James Dobson, the debate about abortion in America is heating up. And it's especially heating up in states where the death penalty exists, states like North Carolina, where we routinely kill people for killing other people. Which raises this question for right-to-lifers: If all abortions were to become illegal in North Carolina, what would be the penalty for the perpetrators?

Wilson Wingers Duck Bush

Singing the praises of Abraham Lincoln and Ronnie Raygun, the GOPers in Wilson had a coming out event last night. You wouldn't know from this story that their party happens to control the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Can't blame them, really. Bush and Rove are a toxic stench that pervades the entire Republican Party: no competence, no integrity, and no interest in the common good.

Often citing Ronald Reagan or Abraham Lincoln, the candidates for state legislature, the judiciary and county offices stressed their qualifications for the positions.

I wish I had been there . . . it would have been like being on the Andy Griffith show:

David Godwin, candidate for sheriff, said Sheriff Wayne Gay has been in office too long. He said after 24 years of service, it's time for some new blood. He told the crowd he would go after all levels of crime with vigor — from dog theft to murder.

Mr. Mike Does Right

The Charlotte Observer yesterday wrote a story that raised my estimation of Mike Easley a few notches. He's taking on the Feds to preserve public land for the common good. It's a smart, competent move that we should support all the way.

Easley seeks shield for roadless areas

Gov. Mike Easley petitioned federal officials Thursday to protect nearly 174,000 acres of roadless areas in the state's national forests.

Little Hoods

John Hood and I both went to the UNC School of Journalism at Chapel Hill. I look back and see the J-School as a formative experience that shaped my ability to think critically and write a decent sentence. John looks back and sees "an approximation" of college . . . a liberal bastion of political correctness worthy of disdain because faculty members don't buy his particular brand of bullshit.

I read John Hood's particular brand of bullshit often enough to say this: It's no wonder most the faculty thinks he's a nutcase. Like the king at most conservative think tanks, he's not interested in thinking at all, but rather in proving he's right about whatever he happens to believe at the time.

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